Very Important Home Renovation Project of the Day: Build Yourself a Catio

Cat + patio = catio!

Best thing about nice weather: Hanging out on your patio.

Worst thing about nice weather: Leaving your cat inside.

Solution for your problem? A catio.

The catio, as you may have guessed, is a portmanteau of “cat” and “patio” and it’s about to bring your cat a whole lot of joy and your home a whole lot of resale value (…if your buyers are cat people, at least). While a catio could be a DIY project of your own design, there is also a professional catio expert out there (Cynthia!) who can build a plan just for your cat’s needs.

If you’re sitting there thinking a catio seems gimmicky…well, you’re not wrong. However, Catio Spaces does a damn fine job of selling the benefits of giving indoor cats a taste of the outdoors: Cats naturally want to be outside where they can breathe fresh air and experience the sights, sounds and stimulation of the natural world. A catio is the purrfect solution to solve the indoor/outdoor dilemma and keep your cat safe, healthy and happy.

Catio Spaces offers DIY plans for purchase (for you Jeff Lewis types) or full-service builds (for us Shereé Whitfield types). But either way, there are over 18,000 instances of the hashtag #catio on Instagram, so this is not a totally insane idea. Here are some of the most inspiring catios we could find (be sure to pin them to your #CATIO VISIONBOARD.)

We moved... and WE GOT A CATIO!!!! 🙌🏼 #catio #catsofpdx #spoiled

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she looks so worried all the time ? ? #catsofinstagram #catio #cat #kitty #babycat #nofilter

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Michelle ❤️ #catio #catsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #shycat #fosterfail #weonlykeepunadoptables

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#catio grand opening 2017 #catification #cat #catsoninstagram #cats #spoiledcats #cattoys

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